1) Life On Mars
2) Under The Ice
3) Howling At The Moon
4) Muhammad's Tomato
5) Intrigue Downstream
The cassette album entitled: "Summit" consists of five live improvisations recorded directly to stereo cassette on Saturday, October 11th, 1997. Between October 10th and October 13th, Brian Noring hosted several recording sessions involving various groupings of avant garde musicians at his home studio in Des Moines, Iowa. These sessions eventually yielded four publicly-released cassette albums. The "Summit" recordings featured five participants, each listed below with the sound equipment which he provided for the session:
1) Charles Rice Goff III
Yamaha FX500 Simul-Effect Processor, Realistic 4 Channel Stereo Microphone Mixer, AIWA HS-J370A Stereo Radio Cassette Recorder, Shure PE 515 Microphone, Chinese Baby Rattle, Dinner Bell, Jamaican Maraca, Mega Mouth, Sound World, Vietnamese Jews Harp, Tin Whistle, Wooden Flute, Adjustable-Barrel Recorder, Pig Trumpet, Squeaky Bird Toy, Mini-Hammer Of Doom, Kazoo, Wooden Xylophone, Shelving Fasteners, Rocket Ratchet, Frog Clicker, Remo Racquet Drum, Uni-Cymbal Stick, Plastic Ocarina, Tapes
2) Shawn Kerby
3) Phil Klampe
Tascam 424 4-Track Cassette Recorder, Roland JP-8000 Synthesizer
To describe this recording session years after it had taken place, Hal McGee wrote on his internet website in 2007:
"This was a momentous 'summit meeting' of homemade audio artist friends of mine: Charles Rice Goff III, who was a member of Herd Of The Ether Space and operated the Taped Rugs Productions label; Phil Klampe, who recorded under the name Homogenized Terrestrials and ran the 6 On The Dot label; Brian Noring, whose F.D.R. Recordings label was a mid-1990s powerhouse of homemade music, and who with his friend, Shawn Kerby recorded as a duo called 360 Sound. In the 1980s I recorded under the name of Dog As Master. And that is how we arrived at the name Herd Of 360 Homogenized Dogs."
"This is one of my favorite recordings in my catalog and one that I feel has stood the test of time and still sounds good 10 years later. Exotic, surreal, primitive and otherworldly, bizarre but never harsh, Summit is a marvel of minimalist ambient sound exploration. It is truly a one of a kind recording. It sounds amazingly good for five musicians who had never played together as a group before. I had never met Goff and Klampe before this day, although we had traded and shared lots of cassette releases over the years."
"We recorded five free improvisations that day in two adjoining rooms of Brian Noring's house in Des Moines, playing instruments and sound-making gadgets supplied by Goff, Klampe, Noring and myself. We switched places and instruments on each of the five pieces."
McGee was extensively involved in the post-production and promotion of the "Summit" cassette album. He created the cover art, authored the song titles, and released the album on his HalTapes recording label in late 1997 (catalog number: HT 092). In the early years of the 21st Century, McGee released a double CDR version of "Summit" on HalTapes as well. The cover art for both the cassette and CDR albums is archived in this collection.
McGee's December, 1997, publication of "HALzine" also contained several written descriptions and photographs of the activities that took place in and around the Noring recording studio during the "Summit" session. McGee incorporated several elements from this HALzine into a webpage that he produced years later to help promote the album on the internet. A PDF snapshot of this webpage from 2010 is included in this archive.
Copyright 1997 by:
Taped Rugs Productions (www.tapedrugs.com)
6 On The Dot (http://homogenizedterrestrials.com/)